If you’re charged with organising a friend’s baby shower, you’re probably feeling the pressure. Fear not, we’re here to help. We’ve come up with a list of fun baby shower games that will please even the most bloated, exhausted and achy mum-to-be!
- Decorate the bump – All you need for this game is some organic toxin-free face paints, and the bump of your mum-to-be. Nominate the most creative party guest to do the painting, and don’t let the mum-to-be see until it’s finished. From simple designs like flowers, hearts and stars, to mind-blowing masterpieces, the bump makes a great canvas for whatever you can muster. Be sure to take lots of photos.
- Guess the baby food – this is a classic baby shower game. All you need is a selection of pureed baby foods, some spoons and a blindfold. Party guests have to try the food, and then guess the flavour. Offer prizes to get the competitive juices flowing. Be warned though, baby purees are not that tasty!
- Baby pictionary – this game is pretty straightforward. You’ll need a whiteboard or flipchart paper and appropriate pens. Replace the usual pictionary cards with baby-related words and activities. Split the party into two teams (or more, if it’s a large shower), and play pictionary. Allow one minute per go, and one go per person. This game will get people out of their seats.
- Pass the poop – for this game you’ll need nappy changing supplies, music, dolls and a collection of dirty nappies/diapers. Don’t worry – they’re only pretend dirty nappies/diapers. Fill them with foods that look like baby poop, such as marmite, melted chocolate and peanut butter. Play pass the parcel. When the music stops, whoever is left holding the baby, has two minutes to change the nappy. Make sure you time them – and no prize if they’re too slow or do a sloppy job.
- Guess who – this game needs some advanced planning. You’ll need to print out a baby picture and a recent photograph of each shower guest. Split the party into two groups, and make sure they have the photos of the opposite team. Ask each team to pair up the recent photograph with the correct baby photo. Use a timer and don’t give them long to decide. The winning team gets a prize. This is a fun game, especially if not all of the shower guests know each other.
If the mum-to-be has a favourite game, you could customise it to make it baby-shower friendly. Even a typical drinking game such as “I have never” can be adapted to fit around a baby theme. You just have to take out any alcohol related aspects!
It’s the little details that really make baby showers memorable. You could make the mum-to-be a coupon book of pledges. Ask each party guest to pledge something. For example, a pledge to clean her bathroom, or babysit one evening, or cook her a meal. Just something little each person could do, to help her adapt to life as a new mum.
Throwing a baby shower is a great way to help your friend prepare for impending motherhood. It gives her a chance to see all of her friends, and have fun. It also shows her how many people care about her, so she knows she has a support system in place for when the baby arrives.
Written by Fiona, proud owner of a toddler, @fiona_peacock
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